South Africa hold off Pakistan at ICC Women's World Cup


"At the moment we are at the bottom of the table so to get into the top four or five teams, that's something we are looking to do in round one".

The Women's World Cup runs from 24 June to 3 July, featuring eight nations.

However, things are slightly different this time around as the competition has been surrounded with plenty of fanfare and is touted to be one of the turning points in the history of the game for the women's team.

Sarfraz's men started the Champions Trophy as the lowest ranked team in the tournament and kicked-off the tournament with a humiliating defeat against India.

Pakistan women's cricket team will take on South Africa in their opening game of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 at Leicester. "The pressure is on us but it's also on a lot of the teams around the competition", she said.

She said: "When it comes to 50 overs, it's all about a different mindset".

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Meanwhile India captain Mithali Raj summed up the spirit of defiance in a women's game that wants to be appreciated on its own terms. Every single team and a majority of players at the Women's Cricket World Cup are on Twitter and have already been sharing in real-time from the UK. "If you can hold your nerve at that time, you can turn the tables".

The England skipper, Charlotte Edwards after winning the 2009 World Cup.

Pakistan will play round-robin stage matches against South Africa, England, India, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka through out the tournament.

The 26-year-old was hurt in England's victory in their final warm-up match against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani and Amanda-Jade Wellington.

"Our last global (women's) event was won by the West Indies", International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson told AFP during a conference call.